Here is a 1949 Singer 201 complete with original receipt. While it is exceptionally stable as a table top machine, it is much better served in a cabinet due to it's weight. This British masterpiece of engineering was expensive but opened up a whole new era of opportunities amongst the working classes of Britain. So if you need to reverse, you switch the stitch length selector lever from bottom to top. Buying a Singer 201 by Alex Askaroff Youtube The Singer 201 was bought mainly by professional machinists who would sew for a living.
Simply turn the dial to select the stitch you want to sew. Although the machine was still just about in working order, it obviously required a lot of cleaning and lubricating to make it usable again. The feed dogs also drop there is a screw underneath to set them in two positions, up or down so you can do free motion quilting and darning. I found a machine in a neat cabinet. Any other tips for me would also be really appreciated! Therefore only a small summary here: I took the machine head out of the cabinet and removed an enormous amount lint from all the nooks and crannies. However by 1939 Singer was busy with the war effort and so all but essential sewing machines took a back burner. Whether making curtains or costumes, the woman of the household could earn a living with the machine, helping with the household bills and upkeep.
If I ever had to cut down to a couple of machines, this 201 would be one of them. They were first introduced in 1935 and continued in production up until 1961. The seams are 4 layers thick and it sewed these just fine. I kept looking and found a 201K treadle in an enclosed wood cabinet on craigslist. The cabinet is really clever and you can connect the big pedal to a controller to use the motor, or you can connect it to the treadle wheel and use good, old-fashioned foot power! The 201 was costing over six times the price of some of the other sewing machines! The Wittenberge Singers were all marked 201D. I bought it from a second hand shop some years ago for £20 and it gets pulled out of the cupboard for a rare outing every now and then.
Found one at a silent auction in a Thrift shop and a week later she came home with me. I love how it completely hides the machine inside. I can't say I'm a fan of the bobbin winder though. It's worth noting, the 201 is a very stable table top machine, even without a bentwood base. I have even brought it to the cottage and finished many quilts on the picnic table in the sun! Greetings from a happy owner of a 201k in Norway Alex my Singer 201 has enormous sentimental value.
. Her weekly wage as a domestic at that time was just over 10 shillings. The stitch length selector also controls the direction of sewing. I think it will be fun to have a go at using the treadle anyway. The Singer 201 and Necchi Supernova cannot be seriously faulted.
I think the stool looks like it was made for my cabinet. Well, today, I became the owner of one that looks very similar to this one, but 1937 model. I often sew nylon webbing tie-down straps over hooks and it sews just fine. By all the comments there are quite a few machines out there, too! Ideally I would love one that has an electric pedal instead of a hand crank! Some new evidence coming to light suggests that engineers at the Germany factory actually helped to develop the Singer 201. The Singer 201k Sewing Machine, simple perfection. One of the greatest sewing machine factories on the planet which produced many of the Singer 201 machines. Singer 201K Sewing Machine This beautiful 201K is in very good condition for its age.
There is no evidence that either 201-2 had that plate under the spool pin. Some people would wait months for a new machine. A little bit different to today eh! The engineering is all very clever! The base is mid-century style but the sides of the legs have wood over the cast iron, very beautiful! I just love it and enjoyed reading its story. I absolutely love the design of vintage sewing machines and could never see myself using one of those white plastic boxes, I am wanting to start creating and making my own clothes and would love to start my journey on an old singer 201! Oh, and in their brief time they will stitch like only plastic can! Post War Singer Sewing Machines Britain, like most of war-torn Europe was trying to rebuild after the devastation of World War Two, however materials were in scarce supply and huge demand. I cannot thank you enough for sharing. Alex, I just found your wonderful web site. The hems are turned under twice, so are 3 layers thick.
Will McDonald Hi Alex We have been amazed by your website and had no idea about the history of Singer and the 201 model. The Singer 201 was a work horse, it could be used hard and almost continuously. Below is a refinished Singer Cabinet no. If we've determined it's not a model 15 but it has this round plate, then it is a 201 for sure. I was delighted to be able to read your details about this wonderful machine on the internet, thank you so much for all that information about it! However, the 201-2 that I have had since 1967 does not have the flat plate under the spool pin and it has a black light switch. I have just rescued a 201K had no idea about the history related to the sewing machine but I am absolutely delighted and it runs like a dream - so smooth - its going to have an easy life of simple admiration with the occasional use - but all the same I am so pleased to be its owner now.